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March 31, 2021 | Sossi Essajanian
Printmaking features the creation of a plate, from which multiple images can be produced using a brayer and ink.
This week the children explored this art medium and how they could express their ideas about lines and buildings.
Why do we want them deep?
It feels soft… squishy… bendy.
It’s like a leaf rubbing.
I think the paint will go into [the] holes.
The children first made their plate using a foam board and a pencil. They drew lines and designs, making sure to press firmly to make a deep indentation.
The children rolled the brayer to cover it with a good layer of ink.
With the brayer covered in ink, they then rolled ink over the design.
Then with a quick flip of the plate, they put ink-side down on the paper. With strong fingers, they carefully smoothed the plate down, pushing hard to allow the ink to be absorbed by the paper.
The children carefully peeled up the plate to reveal a print of their design.